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Celebrities defend cricketer Mohammed Shami after he was called `un-Islamic’ for posting a picture of his wife in a gown
Cricketer Mohammed Shami recently became a victim of social media bullying after he posted pictures of his wife in a sleeveless gown. Shami and his wife were accused of being un-Islamic by some, and he was told to “ensure that she wears hijab and modest clothes.“ Shami, however, stood his ground, posted more pictures and made it clear that “he knows what he should or shouldn’t do.“ He also got support from other cricketers and celebs like Farhan and Javed Akhtar. This is not the first time that a celeb has been targeted by certain quarters for being `un-Islamic’. In 2005, a cleric issued a fatwa, ordering the then 18-year-old Sania Mirza to stop wearing “indecent“ clothes while playing. Celebrities share their views on the issue:

Every woman has the right to dress according to her choice. I don’t see any debate here; Mrs Shami was not wearing anything flimsy . For me, religion is personal, it is not right to impose your view on anyone. I can’t understand why so much attention is paid to women’s clothing when we have more serious issues like dowry and female infanticide to deal with.


Through my experience, I can only say that there is a certain section whose thinking you can’t change, unless they try and change their own views. Till then, it’s best to ignore them. I was criticised for wearing sindoor even after finishing shooting for Krishnadasi (it goes away only after I wash my hair). But even if I wear it by choice, does it make me less of a Muslim? My nani and mother wore mangalsutras, does this make us any less Muslim?


I’m very active online and I post pics in sleeveless tops or hot pants, but this has never happened to me. However, during Ganpati festival, I uploaded a pic of a girl in a burqa, taking a Ganpati home, for which I faced backlash. Bahut logon ne bola ki main Muslim nahi hoon, par mera khuda mere dil mein basta hai. The incident with Shami’s wife is nothing but nonsense.You can’t tell anyone to dress or live a certain way . I wear sleeveless, go to temples, churches, put sindoor, but I respect my religion more than anything.


These comments are proof of the sick mindset that is pre vailing among people, who fail to understand the true meaning of their religion. If a husband is fine with what his wife wears on a public platform, I don’t see any reason why outsiders should object. These detractors are cowards who bring you down with their scathing remarks on social media. Besides, a hijab is no guarantee of a strong con nect with God. One should be allowed to lead her life the way she wants to.


I agree with Mohammed Shami.What you wear is no indication of what kind of person you are.What counts is the kind of human being you are, definitely not what you choose to wear. I’m very comfortable understanding and appreciating other cultures. I think religion is a way of making you good human being. It’s also the way you look at a woman’s body that matters. It is a man’s gaze that is wrong. If he has a wrong nazar and looks at a woman that way , he is at fault, not her. A woman must always be treated with respect.


I honestly don’t know what the whole trolling is about. If it’s because someone wore something, which according to others wasn’t covered enough, then remember, that person has the freedom and the sensibility to wear what she feels is right. Others have no right to say things about it. I don’t understand how these trollers even have the time to do things of no significance. If they really want to make themselves heard or troll something, then I’m sure there are more important issues that need light to be thrown upon, than someone’s choice of clothes.


What bothers me most is a comment made to Mohammed Shami, which says, `you shouldn’t let your wife wear this’. What is this about him `allowing or not allowing’ her to do something? Why does a man in a woman’s life decide what she should wear? The burkini issue was just like this. I think a woman should dress any way she feels and it’s up to her to make her choices. This kind of social media bullying is wrong and unnecessary .

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